Feb 142012

The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen
Source: Review copy from Sourcebooks Landmark via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

For almost a century, Imperial Russia has captivated the imagination- the ruthless execution of the royal family, the disputed survival of the heir: it’s a cinematic chaos that the masterful Dora Levy Mossanen unravels for her readers. Taking readers deep into tarnished grandeur, The Last Romanov follows Darya, a wise old beauty whose time spent with the Imperial family has haunted her entire life. When the murderous events unfold, Darya is plagued by the prophecy made by the Empress’s advisor, Rasputin. She must find the missing Tsarevich Alexis Romanov and restore the monarchy or risk losing her own life.

I liked the book summary and the cover, but wasn’t able to finish reading it. I found the story very heavy on details and names, and rather light on plot. I made it a quarter of the way through the book, and hadn’t read about the prophecy yet.

I think this story would appeal to fans of Russian history, especially fans of the Romanovs. I am not really familiar with the history and legends,and found my lack of foreknowledge to be a hindrance reading this book. It assumes you are familiar with the history. Without that knowledge I found myself becoming confusing with the many intricate details.

The story had a very sombre, heavy feel to it. It is not a quick read, but one that envelops you into the story and details.

Overall, this was not a book for me, but I’m sure it would appeal to many fans of historical fiction.

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge – book 19

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